Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

Published September 6, 2013 by bookbesties

Ruin

I’m not your typical girl. I’ve been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. I was content in the darkness…until Wes Michals offered to be my light. I didn’t know that time wasn’t my ally — that every second that ticked past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer–each moment as it came–but it would never be enough.

  ” His eyes held my ruin.”  “His kisses didn’t give- they ruined.”

There are a few books that grab you by the heart and squeeze until it hurts from the very first chapter. I am a sucker for a good book, ones that make me think about loss, and love and faith and when I can find all that in one book I open my big ass mouth and tell the world (the world meaning anyone who reads this blog).

Ruin is about all those things above and more. I had no idea who Rachel Van Dyken  was nor had read anything by her, but I kept hearing that Ruin tore people’s hearts out,  so naturally it moved to the top of my TBR pile (because who doesn’t want thier heart torn out by a book?)

Kiersten is just starting her freshman year after her parents died, she is depressed and runs into quite literally Weston, and from there her life will never be the same.  Weston was just moving through life counting down his minutes until they were up, it was only when meeting Kiersten that he wanted more time.

I loved the supporting characters Gabe and Lisa. Everything that came out of Lisa’s mouth made me fall off my chair laughing, making the book have a nice balance between the heavy and the lite.

“He’s talking football,  shh, it’s like a watching a baby turtle trying to find the ocean.”

The book is told in dual POV’s and while normally I don’t think it works for all stories it did for this, because there were certain scenes that I was dying to know how the other person felt and Rachel accomplished that without being repetitive.

Weston ‘Wes’ Michals was hot and smart and I loved when he got deep and insightful

“It’s human nature to assume that we have that sort of control over what happens to us, but the truth is… Life happens and sometimes you’re too late. Hell, sometimes you’re too early. Sometime you make the wrong choice just like sometimes you make the right one. The only time people ever use those three is when things don’t go the right way. People don’t question themselves when things are going well. They question when things have go to hell.”

By the time I was finished this book (at one o’clock in the morning) my throat hurt so much form trying (and failing many times) to hold back the tears I thought OK, i’m done

But when I got to the dedication which rightfully was placed at the end, I lost it. I needed to calm myself and have a moment.

 This book was more gut wrenching than other books on this topic because of the way it was written. RVD mixed the perfect amount of love, grief, and faith balancing it all out evenly. I loved loved loved it, I would recommend this to my 16 year old cousin as well as my 86 year old grandmother! I will defiantly be reading more of Rachel Vane Dyken books.  Now if you’ll excuse me

5 out of 5 stars

Amin- Vonetta

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